2015 photo taken at a medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento, Ca.(Photo: AP file photo)
LOUDONVILLE – Loudonville residents have mostly had positive reactions to village council’s support of a Cleveland-based company’s possible state application to build a medical marijuana growing facility in the village’s industrial park, Mayor Stephen Stricklen said this week.
Council voted unanimously Feb. 27 in support of a state application by BZGIST, LLC (doing business as Glasshouse Farma) to produce medical marijuana in village limits.
The Mohican Area Growth Foundation met earlier this month, also endorsing having the company operate in southern Ashland County. And two Ashland County commissioners, Mike Welch and Denny Bittle, along with other area leaders have written letters expressing their support, local officials said.
The chain of positive reactions in the southern Ashland County village appears to contrast with what happened in Richland County, when Ontario council — which asked for public feedback before it made a decision whether to support a potential growing facility within its city limits — heard mixed reactions.
While a number of Ontario area residents saw economic development potential, council was presented with a letter from 70 pastors (many from outside the city) who opposed a growing operation. Several area police chiefs also lined up against having a medical marijuana growing operation in Richland County.
Glasshouse Farma is likely to make a decision on whether to commit to Loudonville as a potential site in its state application for a cultivator’s license “within the next week or so,” Mohican Area Growth Foundation Executive Director Kathy Goon said this week.
Both the mayor and MAGF official said they were uncertain whether Loudonville currently is in direct competition with other communities as a